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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohn's.When my disease was in remission. I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and is able to walk because of them. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Have a Blessed Easter

I know I am a day early, but I just wanted to wish all of my followers a Blessed Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life will be Brighter!

This week  is looking much brighter.  Oh, the weather is still dismal, but I am feeling better.  Unfortunately, I think I shared my cough with my son.  The cough still lingers on and woke me this morning, but not before I slept all night!
Mom has her good days and bad days.  The other day was good.  I sit right next to her so she can hear me.  I gave her a ride around the healthcare center.  She has a Foley catheter which she is not too happy about.  On the other hand, she said it is convenient at night so she doesn't have to get up and go!  Love her outlook!  Monday she goes to the urologist to see why she needs the Foley to "go."
Plan B:  I cancelled our reservations for Easter and we are having it at the healthcare center.  I got a room, ordered the ham, etc.  Everyone chips in and brings a dish to pass and it will be so good for Mom!  The best part is all the family can be together for her.
My bff has breast cancer.  It is scary for me.  My bff married my sister's husband.  (We like to say that!)  My sister had a three year battle with breast cancer and lost.  Her husband remarried and Linda became my best friend!  So, we don't want to lose her too!  BUT!  (Big but!)  There are so many advances in the treatment of cancer and the survival rate is so much improved!  We go up north (God willing) for a stamping convention the first weekend of May.  I am sure she will be in the midst of chemo then, maybe be tired or not feel well.  I have gone to convention after surgery.  I had to rest more, stay out of the hot tub, etc.  Linda is very independent and resilient.  She will have her Nook, and knows how to relax and be alone if she wants to be.   Whatever she wants, her friends will be supporting her and that means me.  I hope I can be as good of a friend to her as she has been to me.
I went to another Stampin Up party last night.  For some reason I am becoming a little more sociable even thought the table/s were very crowded with guests.  We had a good time.  This is one of the cards we made.  (for some reason it is a little out of focus...sorry!)  I am not crazy about the color combination.  The other card was beautiful, but I am giving that one to Linda!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

62 and Content

Yesterday was my birthday (62 years young!).  I got the blues, because I was thinking of all the stuff I did wrong or didn't do.  How did I get here?  Then, I got so many wonderful birthday greetings, that how could I be blue?
My hubby took me to lunch (my choice: a greasy burger, fries with gravy and chocolate malt).  We talked and looked at all the ways I have helped people, most which I will probably never know about.
(why do you always hear the bad you do?).  We looked at the successes:  our marriage, our son, we are comfortable with a roof over a head, and new cars that run.  I looked at my many friendships and thought life ain't so bad!
Then we went to visit mom.  She is declining and that is hard to see.  I hadn't seen her much since I got the bronchitis, so it is difficult for me.  I miss my perky Mom.
I spent the afternoon napping and just watching TV.  I did nothing special, but I was content.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coming out of Hibernation

It has been a while since my last post.  Again, nothing much new.  The cough lingers on, but I am starting to come out of hibernation.    I got my hair cut and colored (wash away that gray!)  There is still gray, crusty snow on the lawns and not much greening up, (can't add color to the landscape yet) but I can finally put our winter jackets away!
My Mom had an incident the other night where she woke up very short of breath.  Apparently (this is their story), the oxygen tubing had a pin size hole in it or a kink.  They put the breathing mask on mom as she was beginning to turn gray!  This was not reported to us or the unit coordinator.  I question whether it was even documented, but it magically appeared in the documentation yesterday.  (after I said, that we could have had a lawsuit).  Mom has not been feeling so well since.  She is fatigued, no appetite, etc.  Maybe it will warm up more so we can take her outside!
My bff, Linda, needs your prayers.  To protect her privacy, I will leave it at that.  Thank you so much.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When I don't have any New News!

Tonight is our Red Hat meeting.  I won't be going.  I am just too exhausted and still coughing away!
We cancelled our trip to Savannah which was scheduled for April 5th.  I had the purse, sandals, vest, etc.  I had my scrap booking paper, album, stickers, all set to record the trip.  Oh well.  Instead, I have medical bills to pay!  (too bad insurance doesn't cover 100%).
I have been trying to catch up on reading the blogs.  I don't always comment, so please forgive me.  Sometimes I just don't have an intelligent opinion (Yes, really!).
I haven't seen my mom yet, but I hear she is doing well.  Last Saturday there was a band in the town square and she was swaying to the music, wore her blush and lipstick, and looked like she had never been sick at all.....let alone dying!
Now the problem.  When she got back to the home, her hearing aid went kaput!  They have a call into the audiologist, but not soon enough for my sister who is having a time communicating with mom.  I haven't even bothered as I barely have a voice most of the time.
My cough is starting to loosen up....a bit.  Still, it feels like I could blow a lung!  I have no energy as coughing takes it all out of me.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mom update:

Mom turned a giant corner. She is maintaining her oxygen level at 3 liters (that is good) and if she keeps it up, will be going home tomorrow! I can't figure it. One day we are told to cancel our trip, that it doesn't look good, that the nieces and nephews should come up, and now she is going home? Must be prayer! I am still sick with bronchitis.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More news

Thank you for all your prayers and please keep praying!  I really do feel uplifted in prayer.
  Monday night I got quite sick.  I thought it was just a cold and/or sinus infection but my whole head felt like a balloon ready to burst.  I had such a tremendous headache, the worst in my entire life.  I had body aches, chills, the sweats and started throwing up.  Anytime I tried to eat or drink water, up it came.  I suffered all night.  I thought Jim should bring me to ER for an IV (I dehydrate easily and have kidney disease), but he didn't realize how bad I was and I did not  want another bill.  When the morning came I waited till 8am to call the clinic.  I could get in with a nurse practitioner in two hours.  That wouldn't work.  I had no one to take me.  Finally I called a gal from our church that I am quite close to.  She took me to the ER.  You get in rather quickly when you are upchucking in their wastebasket!   Still, I waited quite a long time in the room as there were critical cases there.  More waiting, more pain, more nausea and chills.  It took quite a while for the IV to kick in.  They had to give me a second dose of pain and nausea med.
Meanwhile,  I was  waiting for my husband to get home from work.  When I dozed off, there he was!  My sister was in the same hospital with my Mom.  She is not doing well.  Her oxygen level is down and the pneumonia is now spread to both lungs.
When I got home, I felt quite dopey, but managed to call and cancel our trip to Savannah.  Another couple will take our place and we will get a full refund.  I made my follow up appointment with my doctor, and cancelled my hair appointment as I did not know how I would feel today.  I am hoping to sit with my Mom, even if it means wearing a mask today.